Use smokers to cook food only - not burn wood senselessly - at Lowes Foods in NC
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Currently, there are 4 Lowes Foods stores in North Carolina that have smokers in the parking lots. Although I am unsure of the exact uses of the other 3 smokers (although assuming the policy is the same), the smoker at store # 245 in Hickory, NC burns wood from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM every day as a marketing tool for their smoked meat sold in store. No food is actually cooked on this smoker - they have a smoker inside the store for this purpose.
I first asked about the frequency of the smoker use due to my smoke allergy and the smoke blowing every time I would come to pick up groceries. This is when I learned that it was just used as a marketing tool. After speaking to the store manager, I was directed to contact the corporate office. I eventually spoke with Kelly, from Lowes corporate marketing. She stated that there are plans to use the smoker over the summer for events, but for now they have found the smoke smell from burning the wood during the busiest times of the day, is the best marketing strategy for this product. How about using the smoker as just a visual reminder to customers? How about hiring employees to give out samples to promote this product? Destroying trees daily can't be the only way.
If Lowes doesn't want to remove the smokers from the parking lot (which takes up 4 front parking places in an already congested parking lot), then I suggest only burning wood when it is actually being used for the purpose of cooking food. It was explained to me that I have been the only person to call the corporate office about this issue and only 3 individuals have spoken to the store manager regarding the smoke issue. I feel people are not complaining because they are assuming Lowes Foods is actually cooking meat and not just burning wood for the purpose of marketing!
I like Lowes Foods and want to support a local NC grocery store. The employees at the store in Hickory are friendly and super helpful. This is not an attack on this store (or the other 3 stores with smokers in the parking lots). This is a petition to ask the corporate office of Lowes to be environmentally conscious and only use the smokers when they are actually cooking food!
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